Modified on February 23, 2021
PRE 2021 SALE DISCUSSION
In 1965 Shelby releases the Cobra 427 roadster. The 23 units configured for competition are not street legal because the superfluous equipment such as windshield, fender and muffler have been removed. Due to racing homologation issues, many of them are downgraded to Semi-Competition, a road legal Shelby specification with a less efficient engine.
One of the original 23 cars, finished in September 1965, had another fate. Carroll Shelby decided in 1967 to push it to the highest possible performance on the road. It was referred as the Super Snake and titled 1966.
The Super Snake retained its original engine and was fitted with a twin supercharger and a three speed automatic transmission while receiving the required pieces of equipment for road homologation.
This car which has retained its original engine block was twice sold by Barrett-Jackson : for $ 5.5M including premium on January 21, 2007, lot 1301, and for $ 5.1M including premium on January 17, 2015, lot 2509. It is for sale in Scottsdale on March 27, 2021 by the same auction house, lot 1396. Please watch the video shared by Barrett-Jackson.
The only other car upgraded to Super Snake specification had got the opposite transformation : it was built from a street car, on request from a showbiz celebrity. It was accidentally destroyed by falling off a cliff into the Pacific ocean.